October 31, 2016

October 2016 Fiction Roundup









[Writing Challenge] femslash100 Drabble Cycle Round 12 | Queen Academy - Bobby White/Kim Queen

Check out femslash100 here at livejournal. Drabble Cycle Round 12 can be found here.

I'm going to be writing drabbles based on the aforementioned pairing (Bobby/Kim from an original fiction project) that fulfill the prompts listed in the table below.

1. Acting/Film Stars 2. Apocalypse/Dystopian 3. BDSM 4. Coffee Shop 5. College/University
6. Fairy Tales 7. Fantasy 8. Ghosts 9. High School 10. Historical
11. Magic/Witchcraft 12. Married/Domestic 13. Movie Fusion 14. Musicians/Bands 15. Mythology
16. Neighbors 17. Noir 18. Prison 19. Royalty 20. Sex Workers
21. Space 22. Sports 23. Spy/Espionage 24. Steampunk 25. Superheroes
26. TV Show Fusion 27. Vampires 28. Werewolves 29. Western 30. Author's Choice

[Writing Challenge] OT3_100 | Parabellum - Sparrow/Frost/Galen

See the challenge here at livejournal.

001.Kiss. 002.Hug. 003.Touch. 004.Love. 005.Share.
006.Fight. 007.Hide. 008.Left out. 009.Moments. 010.Dreams.
011.Hope. 012.Memories. 013.Future. 014.Daring. 015.Panic.
016.Loss. 017.Petnames. 018.Letters. 019.Calling. 020.Compromise.
021.Moving. 022.Rhythm. 023.Dance. 024.Holding. 025.Silence.
026.Absence. 027.Expressions. 028.Games. 029.Kids. 030.Light.
031.Sun. 032.Night. 033.Bed. 034.Pictures. 035.Sex.
036.Senses. 037.Ice. 038.Travel. 039.Awkward. 040.Comfortable.
041.Growing. 042.Drive. 043.Dress up. 044.Bare. 045.Occasional.
046.Electricity. 047.Shiver. 048.Hard. 049.Laughter. 050.Ache.
051.Stupid. 052.Stretch. 053.Empty. 054.Bold. 055.Fairytale.
056.Mirror. 057.Dates. 058.Questions. 059.Save. 060.Release.
061.Burning. 062.Fast. 063.Ghost. 064.Breath. 065.Whisper.
066.Colour. 067.Snow. 068.Rain. 069.Dry. 070.Small.
071.Time. 072.Security. 073.Connect. 074.Explore. 075.Fix.
076.Give. 077.Take. 078.Taste. 079.Immature. 080.Play
081.Home. 082.Trigger. 083.Weakness. 084.Agreement. 085.Sweet.
086.Only. 087.Endless. 088.Voice. 089.Opportunity. 090.Final.
091.Writer's Choice. 092.Writer's Choice. 093.Writer's Choice. 094.Writer's Choice. 095.Writer's Choice.
096.Writer's Choice. 097.Writer's Choice. 098.Writer's Choice. 099.Writer's Choice. 100.Writer's Choice.

October 28, 2016

[Writing Challenge] 1fandom | Parabellum

The challenge can be found here at livejournal. Claims should be a fandom, prompt responses should be a single sentence.
Table One

Number.PromptSentence
001.MortalSentence
002.BrokenSentence
003.VanishSentence
004.RainSentence
005.OceanSentence
006.TenseSentence
007.SoonSentence
008.WhySentence
009.WinterSentence
010.FallenSentence
011.StormSentence
012.DoorSentence
013.FlashSentence
014.WaitSentence
015.ShrineSentence
016.BlackSentence
017.LostSentence
018.CellSentence
019.VillianSentence
020.RoadSentence
021.WeepSentence
022.BlindSentence
023.PactSentence
024.FlightSentence
025.HardSentence
026.WarSentence
027.DeedSentence
028.UnknownSentence
029.DeepSentence
030.SuddenSentence
031.DreadSentence
032.BurnSentence
033.ClockSentence
034.WordsSentence
035.FastSentence
036.ThreeSentence
037.PlaceSentence
038.IronySentence
039.SkySentence
040.ClosetSentence
041.RealSentence
042.FairSentence
043.KnotSentence
044.LowSentence
045.WellSentence
046.TokenSentence
047.UglySentence
048.LureSentence
049.DrinkSentence
050.Dust

Table Two

Number.PromptSentence
001.HeavySentence
002.SlipSentence
003.UpholdSentence
004.MagicSentence
005.HurrySentence
006.HoleSentence
007.MusicSentence
008.InsideSentence
009.LaterSentence
010.OneSentence
011.WorldSentence
012.CheatSentence
013.PinkSentence
014.LoveSentence
015.EatSentence
016.StoneSentence
017.BossSentence
018.FeatherSentence
019.HereSentence
020.NowSentence
021.ParentSentence
022.FreeSentence
023.WhimsySentence
024.WorrySentence
025.StarSentence
026.WaySentence
027.DishSentence
028.PrideSentence
029.BuildSentence
030.ExpelledSentence
031.PerfectSentence
032.NightSentence
033.LostSentence
034.TimeSentence
035.EvilSentence
036.TodaySentence
037.CrackSentence
038.QuitSentence
039.PlaySentence
040.NutSentence
041.DownSentence
042.ReadySentence
043.SlowSentence
044.AnimalSentence
045.TeenSentence
046.BurnSentence
047.TieSentence
048.BlastSentence
049.TheySentence
050.Rot

Table Three

Number.PromptSentence
001.WalkSentence
002.BeautySentence
003.CatchSentence
004.SpeakSentence
005.LackSentence
006.MineSentence
007.LaughSentence
008.WhileSentence
009.YouthSentence
010.StaySentence
011.FillSentence
012.DistractionSentence
013.FearSentence
014.CrashSentence
015.LookSentence
016.BeginSentence
017.SecondSentence
018.VioletSentence
019.CandySentence
020.NothingSentence
021.FamiliarSentence
022.ShowSentence
023.DaySentence
024.AskSentence
025.ThinkSentence
026.HairSentence
027.HomeSentence
028.LoudSentence
029.TravelSentence
030.DamageSentence
031.StrengthSentence
032.TogetherSentence
033.PushSentence
034.SafeSentence
035.PrivateSentence
036.LightSentence
037.BigSentence
038.WantSentence
039.LawSentence
040.CanineSentence
041.TruthSentence
042.SmokeSentence
043.OrderSentence
044.FeelSentence
045.FinishSentence
046.ThroughSentence
047.RaceSentence
048.NeedSentence
049.SplashSentence
050.Thrill

Table Four

Number.PromptSentence
001.StepSentence
002.SqueezeSentence
003.DirtSentence
004.LateSentence
005.MoneySentence
006.AidSentence
007.MythSentence
008.PeaceSentence
009.ChildSentence
010.ConfessSentence
011.TrickSentence
012.OutSentence
013.BestSentence
014.MotherSentence
015.BookSentence
016.VictimSentence
017.PowerSentence
018.RedeemSentence
019.BleakSentence
020.ShrapnelSentence
021.HumaneSentence
022.AngerSentence
023.TeamSentence
024.TerrorSentence
025.NaturalSentence
026.NeverSentence
027.FidelitySentence
028.NeglectSentence
029.FaceSentence
030.LurkSentence
031.GrowSentence
032.SkinSentence
033.SickSentence
034.DareSentence
035.WorthSentence
036.LastSentence
037.YearSentence
038.PrimeSentence
039.TasteSentence
040.BeyondSentence
041.FinalSentence
042.EventSentence
043.SecureSentence
044.RingSentence
045.SettleSentence
046.EnergySentence
047.CenterSentence
048.OrdinarySentence
049.VoiceSentence
050.Hang

Table Five

Number.PromptSentence
001.RaiseSentence
002.LessSentence
003.LayerSentence
004.SignSentence
005.TrySentence
006.GiveSentence
007.GreatSentence
008.CompareSentence
009.ListenSentence
010.ChoiceSentence
011.PaleSentence
012.ToughSentence
013.RiskSentence
014.NameSentence
015.TallSentence
016.PriceSentence
017.HighSentence
018.HelloSentence
019.OwnSentence
020.NewSentence
021.KeepSentence
022.UnderSentence
023.ComplimentSentence
024.SummerSentence
025.RedSentence
026.DanceSentence
027.ReflectSentence
028.NailSentence
029.RemoveSentence
030.HandsSentence
031.StopSentence
032.NoiseSentence
033.JobSentence
034.OpenSentence
035.TouchSentence
036.WaterSentence
037.SaveSentence
038.SellSentence
039.NextSentence
040.PleaseSentence
041.PetSentence
042.ShadowSentence
043.AlwaysSentence
044.ContentSentence
045.CertainSentence
046.ScorchSentence
047.BoreSentence
048.StudySentence
049.MinuteSentence
050.Limit

Table Six

Number.PromptSentence
001.MoveSentence
002.SleepSentence
003.InspireSentence
004.SweatSentence
005.LovelySentence
006.BreatheSentence
007.RoughSentence
008.StrikeSentence
009.HelpSentence
010.ResistSentence
011.MeetSentence
012.TautSentence
013.ThirstSentence
014.AllSentence
015.FogSentence
016.BeforeSentence
017.HurtSentence
018.KindSentence
019.WarmSentence
020.PatternSentence
021.CycleSentence
022.GlowSentence
023.ZeroSentence
024.WonderSentence
025.ScoldSentence
026.FigureSentence
027.ThenSentence
028.LieSentence
029.HuntSentence
030.MistakeSentence
031.BirthSentence
032.CutSentence
033.DoubleSentence
034.CoverSentence
035.LickSentence
036.WheelSentence
037.SlightSentence
038.FlingSentence
039.SorrySentence
040.CallSentence
041.JewelSentence
042.FruitSentence
043.HouseSentence
044.SwimSentence
045.FamilySentence
046.InterestSentence
047.RecordSentence
048.GlassSentence
049.ShapeSentence
050.Live

Table Seven

Number.PromptSentence
001.FocusSentence
002.CivilizationSentence
003.SinkSentence
004.BulletSentence
005.CountSentence
006.MentalSentence
007.CoastSentence
008.FenceSentence
009.CircleSentence
010.ThinSentence
011.RoomSentence
012.BlazeSentence
013.ThoughtSentence
014.JealousSentence
015.SandSentence
016.DollSentence
017.CurlSentence
018.FarewellSentence
019.StorySentence
020.SoftSentence
021.PoolSentence
022.SerpentSentence
023.PreySentence
024.FriendSentence
025.StillSentence
026.ExhaustedSentence
027.BoldSentence
028.HookSentence
029.AttractionSentence
030.WillSentence
031.BedSentence
032.BellSentence
033.JoySentence
034.DecadeSentence
035.TestSentence
036.GentleSentence
037.HungerSentence
038.MuteSentence
039.QuickenSentence
040.AbsenceSentence
041.MazeSentence
042.CloseSentence
043.ReignSentence
044.CrushSentence
045.RunSentence
046.ArtSentence
047.PressureSentence
048.EchoSentence
049.HealSentence
050.Clear

Table Eight

Number.PromptSentence
001.DozenSentence
002.FlatterSentence
003.AngleSentence
004.TakeSentence
005.NeedSentence
006.BlushSentence
007.WordSentence
008.ApathySentence
009.WhistSentence
010.LongingSentence
011.RivalSentence
012.StyleSentence
013.FitSentence
014.EvenSentence
015.SerenitySentence
016.LeadSentence
017.StressSentence
018.WhiteSentence
019.EndSentence
020.SnowSentence
021.BizarreSentence
022.WindowSentence
023.BufferSentence
024.FullSentence
025.AverageSentence
026.PassionSentence
027.RestSentence
028.CultureSentence
029.MysticSentence
030.StrandedSentence
031.GraveSentence
032.BlueSentence
033.RepentSentence
034.WingSentence
035.DripSentence
036.LuminousSentence
037.SpoonSentence
038.PastSentence
039.DeceiveSentence
040.DirtySentence
041.PrestigeSentence
042.FrontSentence
043.LanguageSentence
044.GearSentence
045.SparkleSentence
046.AnswerSentence
047.SpiritSentence
048.ReturnSentence
049.FlashSentence
050.Clasp

Table Nine

Number.PromptSentence
001.CraveSentence
002.NoneSentence
003.GlueSentence
004.WetSentence
005.FameSentence
006.InstantSentence
007.HoldSentence
008.FishSentence
009.Don'tSentence
010.EgoSentence
011.FlowSentence
012.DreamSentence
013.ActionSentence
014.EnoughSentence
015.GreenSentence
016.MetaphorSentence
017.TeachSentence
018.DemandSentence
019.InspireSentence
020.UnrequitedSentence
021.ClassicSentence
022.FarSentence
023.MaySentence
024.BreadthSentence
025.WrenchSentence
026.HopeSentence
027.ScentSentence
028.PastelSentence
029.ArtistSentence
030.SorrowSentence
031.PathSentence
032.WoodSentence
033.AcceptanceSentence
034.YetSentence
035.ShiverSentence
036.HeroSentence
037.BodySentence
038.ManSentence
039.PretendSentence
040.CuriousSentence
041.DifferentSentence
042.SmoothSentence
043.RightSentence
044.DamnSentence
045.DesireSentence
046.RitualSentence
047.ColorSentence
048.VisitSentence
049.BelongSentence
050.Bully

Table Ten

Number.PromptSentence
001.NoSentence
002.AthleteSentence
003.JourneySentence
004.HateSentence
005.RendSentence
006.CarnivalSentence
007.WouldSentence
008.FightSentence
009.CharacterSentence
010.WomanSentence
011.MomentSentence
012.UpsetSentence
013.SweetSentence
014.SightSentence
015.NumbSentence
016.ShellSentence
017.WizardSentence
018.MoreSentence
019.UniverseSentence
020.AcheSentence
021.WindSentence
022.EscapeSentence
023.LikeSentence
024.DevilSentence
025.SongSentence
026.EuphemismSentence
027.DealtSentence
028.RomanceSentence
029.HeedSentence
030.LetSentence
031.ComposeSentence
032.SwitchSentence
033.RuleSentence
034.CalmSentence
035.BeastSentence
036.MissingSentence
037.PulseSentence
038.BrushSentence
039.WarningSentence
040.FieldSentence
041.BronzeSentence
042.CoreSentence
043.MaskSentence
044.JusticeSentence
045.WeightSentence
046.ReplaceSentence
047.IfSentence
048.CodeSentence
049.WhenSentence
050.Sigh

October 27, 2016

[Writing Challenge] 5trueloves | Parabellum - Sparrow

The General Rules
The Gist: Choose one character. Choose five out of the above thirty themes. Write about your character five times, using one of the prompts each time--and pair them with a different character in each story!
The Schedule: Fic should be posted once every two months.

Check the challenge out here at livejournal. (But bear in mind that the comm is over ten years old now and no longer active.)

The Themes
1.STD Awareness 2.Sleep 3.Moving 4.80s Music 5.Chocolate
6.Autumn Leaves 7.Procrastination 8.Mistletoe 9.Showers 10.Hypocrisy
11.Surprise! 12.Triangle or Circle 13.Bad Habit 14.Blind 15.Solitude
16.Imprisoned 17.Charity 18.Auction 19.Fate/Destiny 20.Embarrassment
21.Stars 22.Time Machine or Time 23.Heart 24.White or Black or Color 25.Destruction
26.Gone 27.Similarity 28.Secret 29.Words 30.Shadow or Light

Tentative Planning:
Sparrow/Frost - autumn leaves
Sparrow/Simon - procrastination
Sparrow/Galen - heart
Sparrow/Nadia - gone
Sparrow/Loretta - similarity

October 25, 2016

[Writing Challenge] Hurt/Comfort Bingo Round Seven

Hurt/Comfort Bingo [Dreamwidth/Livejournal]
Sign Up | FAQ | Rules

Schedule
Round Seven: June 18, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Sign ups: cards can be requested anytime before January 5, 2017
Amnesty Period: Jan 5, 2017 to June 1, 2017

Rules
All fic must be at least 500 words in length.


My Card
bites
forbidden love hospital stay combat drowning
asphyxiation allergic reaction ostracised from society wings heart attack / heart trouble
brainwashing / deprogramming forgiveness WILD CARD
food poisoning experiments by evil scientists
hazing / bullying
pandemics and epidemics bodyguards septicemia / infected wounds fever / delirium
mistaken identity
shipwrecked forced marriage pneumonia isolation

Planning
Ostracized from Society - Dragon Age | Merrill & Mahariel
Wings - Skyrim - Female Dragonborn & Odahviing
Experiments by Evil Scientists - Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Willow/Oz
Hazing/Bullying - Skyrim | Female Dragonborn & Sissel
Forced Marriage - Genesis | (Beast/)Genesis/Pyrrhos

October 10, 2016

Free Fiction

Free eBooks

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg (PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". It was founded in 1971 by Michael S. Hart and is the oldest digital library. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting, open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of March 2013, Project Gutenberg claimed over 42,000 items in its collection.
Wherever possible, the releases are available in plain text, but other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, EPUB, MOBI, and Plucker. Most releases are in the English language, but many non-English works are also available. There are multiple affiliated projects that are providing additional content, including regional and language-specific works. Project Gutenberg is also closely affiliated with Distributed Proofreaders, an Internet-based community for proofreading scanned texts. (Wikipedia)
Popular books on the Project Gutenberg website include Pride and PrejudiceAlice's Adventures in WonderlandWuthering HeightsDraculaPeter Pan, and A Tale of Two Cities, as well as other, less well-known works. The top 100 ebooks on Project Gutenberg can be viewed here. Fun fact: Michael S. Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented the ebook in 1971.

eBooks at Goodreads

Goodreads (owned by Amazon) is the #1 most popular book-centric social networking site. In their downloadable ebook section, one can find public domain books as well as books and book excerpts that authors have made available for download.

Reddit

Reddit has several subreddits devoted to free (legal!) ebooks. For anyone unfamiliar with Reddit, you do not need to have an account to view this sub or to download any of the books. Some links go to Amazon, while others go to Smashwords, author's websites, etcetera; no books are hosted at the subreddit itself, and illegal books are not permitted.

Check out:

  1. /r/freeEBOOKS
  2. /r/bookdownloads
  3. /r/KindleFreebies
  4. /r/FreeNookBooks



Free Audiobooks and Fiction Podcasts

Escape Pod

Escape Pod is a science fiction podcast from Escape Artists, Inc. As of 12/4/2013, there are 424 short stories and counting; a complete list of episodes can be viewed here.

PodCastle

PodCastle is a fantasy podcast from Escape Artists, Inc. As of 12/4/2013, there are 135 short stories and counting; a complete list of episodes can be viewed here.

Pseudopod

Pseudopod is a horror podcast from Escape Artists, Inc. As of 12/4/2013, there are 362 short stories and counting; a complete list of episodes can be viewed here.

The NoSleep Podcast

The Nosleep Podcast is an award-winning anthology series of original horror stories, with rich atmospheric music to enhance the frightening tales.
The NoSleep Podcast is the podcast that accompanies the /r/nosleep subreddit (see "Amateur Fiction" below). Only the first two "seasons" of this podcast are free. After the final episode of "Season 2", the podcast was split into a free and premium version. The free version can be found through the link above, while the premium version can be purchased at the podcast's website.

Disclaimer: I do not pay for the "premium" version, nor could I afford to do so if I wanted to. Frankly, I disagree with the podcaster's decision to put the majority of what used to be a completely free podcast behind a paywall. But more importantly, the podcaster makes repeated and thinly-veiled attempts to shame listeners into financially "supporting" the podcast that I find utterly reprehensible and very insulting, as the language he uses is incredibly demeaning to those of us whose lack of wealth restricts us to free entertainment.



Free Short Stories

Classic Horror Short Stories: The Greatest Horror Story Collection

CHSS, as the site refers to itself, is a website that hosts short horror stories in the public domain. Authors whose stories are hosted on the site include Ambrose Bierce, Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, M.R. James, H.P. Lovecraft and more.



Free Amateur Fiction

FictionPress

FanFiction.net's sister site, FictionPress.com, contains over 1 million original stories, poems, and plays. The site has a similar format and rules to FanFiction.net, except that no fan fiction is allowed. Currently, there are more poems than stories. (Wikipedia)
FictionPress is a site for hobbyist, amateur, and future professional writers to post their original fiction (as opposed to FF.net, which is for fanfiction).

/r/nosleep


/r/nosleep is a subreddit devoted to horror fiction. While some claims to be fact and most is obviously fictional, the primary gimmick of the sub is that all stories are to be treated as "true"; discussion of /r/nosleep's authors and stories that acknowledges what is and is not fiction can be found at /r/NoSleepOOC (aka, NoSleep Out of Character). Be sure to read the NoSleep FAQ.

Though many of the authors who write at NoSleep are "professionals", having published or self-published novels or short fiction outside of the sub, many of the authors are amateurs who dabble in the craft of writing for fun and in an effort to entertain. As such, I'm including NoSleep under the "Amatuer Fiction" heading; my apologies if you strongly disagree.

Trigger warnings are included on the more extreme stories, though they can be turned off if you find they're spoiling twist endings for you--provided you aren't using Reddit Enhancement Suite, unfortunately. Examples of these trigger warnings include "sexual violence", "graphic violence", etcetera. The subreddit contains no frightening or startling images that I have found, so there's nothing to fear on that front.

NoSleep has monthly writing contests, and the archive of winners can be found here; it should be a good way to sample the sub, if you're not sold on it. Alternately, NoSleep also has a podcast available; the link can be found in the "Free Audiobooks and Fiction Podcasts" section above.



Giveaways

Goodreads First Reads

First Reads is Goodreads' giveaway section, a place for authors and publishers to raffle off copies of their books to readers. All books in this section are physical copies, and so one must list a shipping address in order to participate. As such, anyone interested in participating in the First Reads program will want to be aware of the potential risks; there have been issues in the past with authors attempting to use the First Read programs to get access to the addresses of their critics.

BookLikes Giveaways

BookLikes is a competitor to Goodreads that has been growing in popularity thanks to Goodreads' controversial policy decisions (and its acquisition by Amazon) during 2013. It has its own giveaway section that has two huge advantages over the First Reads program:
  1. eBooks are offered, so anyone uncomfortable with providing authors/publishers with their shipping address can still participate (to a certain extent).
  2. As BookLikes is a far less populous site than Goodreads, one has a much higher chance of winning a BookLikes giveaway than a Goodreads giveaway.



Fanfiction

Fanfiction.net

FanFiction.Net (often abbreviated as FF.net or FFN) is an automated fan fiction archive site. It was founded in 1998 by Los Angeles computer programmer Xing Li, who also runs the site. As of 2010, FanFiction.Net is the largest and most popular fan fiction website in the world. It has nearly 2.2 million registered users and hosts stories in over 30 languages. (Wikipedia)
If you want to get started reading or writing fanfiction, this is the place to start. A lot of what you'll find here is absolute crap, but there are some gems here and there. The most popular categories are Harry Potter (683k stories), Naruto (361k stories), Twilight (216k stories), Inuyasha (112k stories), Glee (105k stories), Hetalia: Axis Powers (103k stories), Supernatural (95.6k stories), Bleach (77.7k), Pokémon (72k stories), and Kingdom Hearts (71.2k stories).

Fanfiction.net uses this rating system. While they claim to ban content rated MA (Adult/Explicit/18+), it's not a particularly well-enforced rule.

Archive of Our Own

We're a fan-created, fan-run, non-profit, non-commercial archive for transformative fanworks, like fanfiction, fanart, fan videos, and podfic. We currently have 15273 fandoms, 328080 registered users, and 1138056 works.

While the site is in beta, you can get an invitation from another user or from our automated invite queue. All fans and fanworks are welcome!

The Archive of Our Own is a project of the Organization for Transformative Works.
Archive of Our Own, also known as AO3, is a fanfiction archive alternative to fanfiction.net. It's technically still in beta, so you'll need to join the waiting list or receive an invitation to join, but you can browse the site without having an account if you don't want one or are currently waiting for one. The various fandoms present on the site can be browsed here. There's also original fiction on AO3, which can be found here.

Ratings found at AO3 include General, Teen+, Mature, Explicit, and Unrated. Warnings include Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death, Rape/Non-Con, Underage, and No Warnings Apply; there is also the option for authors to neglect warnings, represented by the label "Chose Not to Use Archive Warnings".



And Nonfiction


University of California Press eBook Collection


This is a catalogue of books published by the University of California Press. There are currently 770 books available to the general Internet; these can be browsed here. (To have access to the entire collection, one must be a UC staff/faculty member or a student.)

University of Chicago Press


The University of Chicago Press offers a free ebook every month, which can be downloaded here. An email address is required to "request" a copy (as far as I can tell, there is no approval process--it's simply an extra click), and the download link for the book is sent to the address you supply. There are several different download options; the default is via Adobe Digital Editions.

Getty Publications Virtual Library


This is a trove of at least two hundred art books from the Getty Museum.

Do you know of a legal source for free fiction that I didn't mention? Please feel free to let me know about it in the comments below! This comment section should not be used to promote individual books. Such comments will be removed as spam.

October 8, 2016

[Writing Challenge] rainbowfic | Parabellum

RainbowFic is an original fiction community built to encourage writing and act as home base for a community of authors. We provide lists of prompts, sorted by color, and special add-ons of style or content, to spark inspiration.
Check out the prompts here. (I'll eventually be posting them here as tables for my own personal use.) The extras are as follows:

Styles

Mixed Media: Make a music mix that pertains to a story, yours or another person's (with their permission!), or an aspect thereof.
Collage: Borrow another person's canon; be sure to ask first!
Interactive Art: Write with another person.
Paint-by-Numbers: Ask another person to pick a color for you and pair specific prompts along with each of the prompts given in the color's list.
Sketch: a sketch
Comic: a comic
Illustration: illustration
Performance Art: Any piece of work you record: a song, spoken word, animation, video of some sort, etc.
Mural: Write a piece that is ten thousand words or more.
Portrait: Write a piece that is between five thousand and nine thousand, nine hundred, ninety-nine words.
Miniature: Write a piece that is one hundred words or less.
Miniature Collection: Write a collection of three or more Miniatures in one piece.
Bichromatic: Write two colors of the same number of prompts together; every piece using a prompt for one color must also use a prompt for the other color. A Bichrome may not also be a Saturation.
Saturation: Write all of one color in one piece, each prompt having one section within the piece to make a coherent whole. You may use one prompt from a different color for a prompt with your Saturation; consider the Saturation covering two of the three prompts otherwise allowed. Two full color lists may be used, as long as prompts from each are matched together, but it is not a Bichrome, and a prompt from a separate list may not also be used in this case. A Saturation does not count as one of your five color lists.
Reimagining: Revisit a previously-done piece.
Tapestry: Match a Style or Supply to a color with twenty or more prompts and use that Style or Supply with every prompt from the color. Paint-by-Numbers and Bichromatic may only be Tapestries if paired with another Style or Supply, excluding one another.
Mosaic: A piece that is a crossover between canons; you may write a crossover with a media source, but this may not be your canon--it must either be AU or a very minor aspect of the main canon, since we're not a fanfic comm.
Graffiti: A specific response to a game run by the mods or a member; games will be hosted in  [community profile] rainbowlounge.
Photography: Use description only in your piece; characters may be present, but no dialogue and no narrative about dialogue.
Stained Glass: Write at least four points of view of the same scene; may be a saturation or a miniature collection.
Fingerpainting: Write something that stretches your limits.
Pointillism: Write at least five one-sentence scenes; this may also be a saturation or a miniature collection.
Retouch: Repeat a color you've done before; this may not also be a Saturation, but it may be a Tapestry or Bichrome.
Sculpture: The opposite of Nubs; take a short existing piece and expand on the events surrounding it. May overlap with Reimaging if you also include the piece itself from a different perspective.

Supplies

Canvas: Write something that takes place before your story.
Frame: Write something that takes place after your story.
Eraser: Write a piece that takes place in an alternate universe to your story's canon.
Brush: Write a piece using today's Word of the Day from Merriam-Webster.
Acrylic: Write a piece using the current daily prompt.
Watercolors: Write a piece using the current Creative Writing Prompt.
Oils: Write a piece using the current [community profile] dailyprompt.
Stain: Write a piece using today's quote from Quotations Page or the current Daily Deep Quote.
Stickers: Write a piece using the current daily random fact, found on the page footer.
Feathers: Write a piece using an event, birth, or death from ThisDay Trivia.
Fabric: Use the current Kodak Picture of the Day as a prompt.
Modeling Clay: Use the current prompt from 100 Word Challenge; the piece does not need to be limited to one hundred words.
Charcoal: Give your antagonists the spotlight.
Nubs: Write a missing scene from a previously posted piece.
Pastels: Request a table from a community such as [community profile] origfic_bingo[community profile] cottoncandy_bingo, or another Dreamwidth-hosted bingo community where the moderators generate the table and use one of the prompts.
Chalk: Use one of this week's Wired: Science.
Seed Beads: Feature your minor characters; your main characters may make an appearance, but they may not be the focus.
Novelty Beads: Use a prompt earned from a game, challenge, or other posting in [community profile] rainbowlounge.
Yarn: Use today's NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Beading Wire: Use today's National Geographic Picture of the Day.
Glitter: Use a poem from Poem A Day.
Glue: Use today's Huffington Post Horoscope for the current sun sign.